Review of health & medical sciences

Published 2013


The University has a long history and record of achievement in health and medical research. The changing funding environment, recommendations of the McKeon review, and the national and international focus on translational research and improved health care delivery present new opportunities and challenges to the current activities and structures in place at ANU.

This review of health and medical research and education will provide the platform for ANU to implement strategies that will ensure a reputation for world-class education and research in defined areas of health and medical research that are globally relevant and consistent with our national leadership role.

Terms of reference

  • Identify how health and medical research at ANU can be strategically positioned through:
    • consideration of the University's comparative and competitive advantages in health and medical research
    • identification of the key major research disciplines that should form the foundation of the University's strategic position in health and medical research.
  • Comment on governance and management structures that will promote cohesion and facilitate delivery of a clear and distinctive vision for health and medical research and education.
  • Identify strategies for improved engagement with the health care system and with other institutions, particularly in the Canberra region (Canberra Hospital, ACT Health, University of Canberra, DOHA, FAHCSIA, other Commonwealth Departments, and other relevant institutions).
  • Comment on the leadership, research and teaching workforce, infrastructure and funding opportunities that need to be realised in order to deliver the outcomes above.



  • Professor Alan Pettigrew BSc PhD
    Previously held positions including Head of the NHMRC and Vice-Chancellor, University of New England


  • Professor Catherine Bennett BSc(Hons) MAppEpid PhD
    Professor and Head, School of Health & Social Development
    Director, Deakin Epidemiology, Deakin Population Health Strategic Research Centre
    Chair, Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia
    Previously held positions at the University of Melbourne including Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Deputy Chair of the Academic Programs Committee in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Director of Population Health Practice in the Melbourne School of Population Health.
  • Professor David J. Adams, BSc(Hons I) PhD
    Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)
    Director, Health Innovations Research Institute, RMIT University

    Previously held positions at the University of Queensland including Head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Neuroscience Program.
  • Professor Neville D Yeomans AM, MD, DSc(hon.)
    Director of Research, Austin Life Sciences
    Previously held positions including Foundation Dean of Medicine, University of Western Sydney and the University of Melbourne's Foundation Professor of Medicine at the Western Hospital.
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